HERE WE COME A BAR CRAWLING: Holiday parties
The pub crawl called 12 Bars of Christmas may ring with chants like "Oh Stoli night" and "I'm dreaming of a White Russian," but it's not the only holiday-centric rager this weekend. There's also the Broke-A-- Christmas Costume Party at the Bricks on Saturday, where revelers are asked to wear a "festive, naughty, gangsta or trashy costume" and shake their booty on the dance floor. There's even $1,000 in cash prizes. Cover is $5 at the Bricks, 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, at 10 p.m. Saturday. And the Ritz Ybor is once again hosting the Hallucination Before Christmas, where Christmas and Halloween collide in a holiday party with live music in three themed rooms and numerous DJs and artists. Bring canned goods for Feeding America Tampa Bay; $25-$30 at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. For the 12 Bars of Christmas pub crawl, your souvenir T-shirt and wristband let you hop on the shuttle that runs a continuous loop to all participating bars in South Tampa to benefit charities. It's $30 at 12barsofcharity.com/tampa.html, and it starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa.
This seems like a good time to revisit the Comedy Central show @midnight's recent hashtag game #DrunkCarols. Among our favorites: Good King W'onceHesSloshed, I Saw Mommy Drunk Texting Santa Claus, Frothy, the Cold One, DUI What I Hear?
FLORIDA ON ICE: Warm-weather hockey fun
Other hockey teams like to make fun of the Tampa Bay Lightning's no-snow Florida home, but their fans are no doubt blue with envy that our sunny home ice advantage lets fans March to the Match before Sunday's 4:14 p.m. game against the Ottawa Senators (the forecast back in Canada is in the 30s with snow showers). The fan club Stick of Fire invites all fans to cheer, chant and march their way to the Amalie Arena from the Channelside District. And even when the team is on the road, Lightning fans win: They can head to the beach for a Lightning Watch Party at 7 p.m. Friday to watch the Bolts take on the Washington Capitols as a huge screen is set up at the TradeWinds Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete Beach. ThunderBug and the Lightning Girls will be on hand with giveaways. Coolers aren't allowed, but blankets, umbrellas and beach chairs are welcome. Free, $10 parking at 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 367-6461.
HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Parades, festivals light up the weekend
The big Treasure Island Boat Parade is at 6 p.m. Saturday, and the Club at Treasure Island is inviting everyone with a toy donation to come to their preparade party starting at 4:30 at 400 Treasure Island Causeway. And for the artful shopper, check out the St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts in Straub Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, where you can meet artists from around the world displaying their work for sale. The park is at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE in downtown St. Petersburg.
For more parades, parties and holiday events as well as our shop-local gift guide and our reader-submitted recipes, see tampabay.com/holiday.